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Don't try this at home -- or elsewhere!

By ANTHONY HALL, United Press International   |   Nov. 27, 2011 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

Las Vegas police say they will be the force that keeps on stinging.

Sin City police started with this past week's Thanksgiving holiday, handing out 64 citations to motorists who failed to yield to an officer wearing a turkey costume.

Next up, Christmas. Officer Michael Lamle told the Las Vegas Sun the police department was "probably going to do Santa Claus this year."

No mention was made of Easter, Groundhog's Day or -- go for broke -- Halloween.

Willie Sutton was said to have explained he robbed banks "because that's where the money is." That kind of reasoning may also explain the alleged behavior Whitley Allen Teslow, who police say broke into a McDonald's in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and cooked himself a meal.

The alleged "Hamburglar" was hit with theft, burglary and criminal mischief counts, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.

Don't try this purse-snatching trick: Stealing a purse with an iPhone inside that has a "Find My Phone" application.

The Los Angeles Times reported police tracked the phone through the application, detained the suspect, then dialed the victim's phone number, The phone inside the purse then rang, nailing the case pretty much shut.

Similarly, some burglars need to find another line of work. In Norcross, Ga., police allege Trevor Jones, 34, broke into a home, but left his car running in the driveway.

The victim, however, came home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Sensing something was amiss, the victim took the keys from the car and Jones' wallet, which had identification inside.

Later that day, one of the items Jones allegedly took from the house, a digital camera, was left in a second home he's accused of burglarizing on the same day. Besides leaving the incriminating camera behind, Jones allegedly logged on to Facebook in the second victim's home. And he inadvertently failed to log off Facebook before he took off.

Car thieves: Don't try stealing a vehicle unless you first no how to drive.

Vallejo, Calif., police allege three men, two of them armed with handguns, confronted a man getting out of his car as he was unloading groceries at his home.

The carjackers then took the car keys and forced the victim to the ground. The attackers then jumped in the car only to discover than none of them knew how to drive a car with a manual transmission.

The would-be carjackers then fled on foot, the Vallejo Times-Herald reported.

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